As many of you know, I can not properly walk in heels. Actually, according to my physiotherapist, I can not properly WALK. Period.
Anyhoo, over the years I have been in awe/lust/envy of high heels, purely because I can not wear them.
So I start getting a bit bitter around the subject. I get envious when I see all these women on Street Style Sites or even fashion blogger sites, because I wish I could wear such high things (and anyway, how on earth can women in New York walk around all day in 5 inches - do their feet not hurt?). Then I feel like chiming in with the feminists who harp on about how women shouldn't wear high heels because it's what men want us to do, etc etc (on that note, and I don't want to start a debate cuz I am not a feminist or remotely PC and thus will lose in most arguments these days, BUT I think it's more that women wear heels because other women expect them to...not men). Anyway, I feel like being like, "yeah, what's wrong with flats, fight the system!" but the fact is, I would wear heels if I could.
Wearing flats is something I have decided to make "my thing" and collect as many pretty ones as possible. Can a flat be sexy? I have yet to see one, but so far they are elegant and often cute and in my opinion that ain't too bad (and if it's not cute then it's rugged and that can be sexy too - though I'm speaking more about flat boots here. Like those Modern Vintage boots that may never reach me - sexy!)
Then today as I was cleaning out my closet (I had a sick day, not much else to do) I came across a pair of snakeskin espadrille wedges from GoJane.com that I had tossed to the back of the closet without much thought (probably had a lot to do with the fact that it was a snowy Feb when the sandals arrived). I stuck them on my feet, walked around a bit and realized that if I ignore the horrible scars on my ankles, the shoes aren't that bad. Why are they hidden in my closet? I mean, I can walk in them, the colour is neutral, the straps are...strappy and quite secure too.
But most of all, I LOOKED better. Suddenly my calves didn't seem stumpy (despite the ankle straps) and looked so lithe. My legs were LOOOONG too and all my body weight seem to spread out a little bit better. Plus I was 5'9" with them on and could reach into my highest cupboards for once.
So this is why we wear heels, correct? To feel tall, slim, powerful?
Well it worked with me. That is - until - I had to go take the garbage out and had to cling on to the stairway railing for dear life, lest I take a wrong turn off these 4 inches and fall to my death, then step carefully against the sporadically paved parking lot to the dumpster.
Ahhh. Therin lies the rub! Though it made me feel powerful to stand in them, I felt powerless to walk in them.
I'll take the beauty and power with a grain of salt if it leaves me feeling vulnerable. The real power lies in my flats, when I know I can jump, skip, hop, run with all the confidence in the world.
That's not to say I'm not going to stagger by in heels on occasion (hello wedges, my best friend) but you get my drift.
(PS - I know a lot of people won't relate to this post because they can walk with assurance and ease in high heels and I admit I am jealous of that. You can't even give me any tips since this is just the body/legs/feet I have been dealt. Boo-urns.)
ANYHOO! As I had said before, I was cleaning out my closet and found a few pairs of shoes I am giving away. That's right GIVING away for one reason or another. All you need to pay is $20USD for shipping per item within North America (via Paypal) and they are yours! Just shoot me an email or leave me a comment :)
Brand New, never worn: Bandolino patent reptile print leather heels. 2 inch high stiletto heel, size 5 and 1/2, would fit size 6 (insole: 10 in, 3 inch widest part).
Please take these shoes off my hands and free up some closet space and no, this is not an April Fool's Day joke - though I am curious to see if this post will even make it to the blogersphere, considering that conficker virus and all (wrote this post yesterday!).
Oh and PUHLEEZE tell your friends/fellow bloggers about this giveaway, anyone who has tiny feet and a need/lust for shoes:)